Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.
I don’t agree entirely with Socrates’s claim that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” My life doesn’t get its worth through “Sarah-centric self-reflection.” There’s value, though, in periodic self-evaluation if we want a robust, healthy life.
Examine self and be warned: it’s a little scary. Coming face-to-face with the realization that we have fallen short is sobering. Don’t think that applies to you?
Luke 17:10 reminds us that even when we’ve done everything we’re asked to do, we should really just consider ourselves unworthy servants. We haven’t done anything exceptionally impressive in a surprise move to win God over, we’ve only done our duty.
But, the examination is liberating! We can drop the “holier than thou” pretense and just be normal. Not only does sin lurk in the world, imperfection and sin lurk within us, too. We need God’s help in purifying our own hearts, in making course corrections. We need His grace. The Bible says He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Realizing our own shortcomings reminds us of how weak we really are in our own strength, and how reliant we are on God.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Self-examination should always lead us to humble ourselves before God. Take time for that today.